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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Anti-Workshop - Las Vegas


in my quest to never stop learning i was lucky enough to get a seat in the latest anti-workshop. this round was in las vegas. the usual suspects showed up to share their seemingly infinite photo wisdom (and a few pints).




suspect #1: John Michael Cooper aka: JMC. we have admired john's work for years. he is the originator of "trash the dress" sessions, or as he calls them, anti-bridals. needless to say, we owe him big time. the least i could do is attend his workshop. when i heard it was going to be in vegas the same time as WPPI i jumped at the opportunity to soak up some of his brilliance while repaying a portion of my debt of gratitude. along with being one of the coolest guys on the planet, john is one of the nicest, most humble professionals you will ever meet. he is a true artist in every sense of the word. if you haven't already done so, please make some time to visit his site and see what i'm talking about. john's super sweet wife, and suspect #2, dalisa was also in attendence. she's an awesome photographer in her own right and an even awesomer hostess. the best. the coopers are sooper cool. go share some aloha with 'em.




as if having john and dalisa there wasn't sweet enough, enter suspects #3 and #4...doug and chenin boutwell. doug rivals our pal nate for title of post-production jedi master. there would have to be a steel-cage death match to proclaim the one true master, but that will never happen. i guess they'll just have to both hold seats on the post-production jedi council. i'm cool with that. computer skills aside, doug is also an incredible photographer and a lighting guru. he showed us how to use light in some amazing ways. chenin's work inspires us as well. we love the way she captures motion and "life" in her images.




how's this for the coolest classroom environment ever? the in-room portion of the anti-workshop was held in the vip room at the Brass Lounge. it overlooks the Freemont Street Experience in old Las Vegas.




on day one we hit the streets to have a little fun with Elvis. doesn't everyone?







elvis had a little too much fun and wound up in a black and white taxi.







here are some of my super talented classmates. Karey and Greg.







this gentleman was a really cool local who has been homeless for over 20 years. he shared some tales about his past and allowed us to take a few shots of him. such an interesting individual. before leaving, we chipped in for his bus fare and a meal at denny's. it was money well spent.




walking around old vegas was pretty sweet.







lots of neon.




this one's for melissa. :)




this one's for all the baby mamas.




one of JMC's anti-brides "stepped up" for my team's class project.










her shoes were so rad.





































here's something you don't see everyday. chenin was demonstrating how to try to get a flare shot in the mid day sunshine of las vegas. they closed down the whole street just for us. all that construction in the background had nothing to do with it. :)








































here's doug giving us the low-down on studio lighting.




JMC also had some lighting tricks up his sleeves. here's a little painting with light a la JMC.







on the last night of the anti-workshop our good friend ed pingol and his lovely wife monica arrived in vegas and we all went out for a late night photo session. we ended up staying out until 4am. that's the beauty of vegas.














63 comments:

C.J. Scott said...

Oh how awesome for you!!! I would have loved to attend the workshop! You definitely captured some killer shots, friend!!

Jenny said...

Bout time you post some shots from Vegas:) I love the pics you got of JMC's bride.

It was great getting to shoot with you for Ed's shoot! We'll have to get together the next time I'm out in Cali.

Photographs By Tiffany said...

LUCKY!! :) That workshop is on my list!
Seriously AMAZING shots!!
You ROCK!!

Melissa Koehler said...

Wowzers! These are so cool! Wish I could have attended. You really got some awesome shots. Such great light too!

Stepanie said...

I LOVE the shot of her in the street and the silouette on the spiral staircase!!! So freakin awesome! Great stuff once again!

Nely said...

i've been waiting for this post because i knew you'd have some killer stuff! so many awesome images. the one on the staircase with all the negative space, for instance...so is it bad that my favorite is the one for the baby mamas? lol! i almost woke up david when I started laughing! :)

chris stewart said...

Dude these are fantastic!!! What a awesome opportunity for you. Jen and I both agree you have "MAD SKILLZ"

AHS Photography said...

AWESOME!!

Mark Brooke Photography said...

HOLY CRAP!! these are by far some of the shots ever!! dude you are killin' it! radest

Melissa McClure said...

Oh I love you guys!! The cherries shot MADE MY DAY! I love it, its my new laptop background!

Wow, there are so many killer images on here, I can't even begin to pick one or 8 of my favs!! Its nice seeing Chenin, Doug and JMC in action!

So...mr workshop king...when is your workshop happening? haha :)

jen harris said...

Wow! These are A-MA-ZING! I can't believe it!
Thank you for sharing the story of the man you guys bought dinner for...that was great.

ashley & jeremy parsons said...

SO great, friends....wish we could have shared in the vegas madness, but you got some amazing stuff. We can't wait to see you guys..wanna come over for a housewarming party?? ;)

Jonilyn said...

Looks like such a great time!

aaron said...

Sweet!!!!!

Shawn Kloster said...

Hey! It was great meeting you guys too!! That was a blast taking over Laguna like that. Can't wait till next time. =)

Great shots by the way... lovin' it!!

heather said...

The shot of her in that grungy alley is BITCHEN!! Yes I've brought back bitchen for that picture alone!! ha-ha! Great pictures!

Suzanne said...

WOW! incredible shots you posted!! Sounds like a great workshop!!

kymberli q. said...

Unfreakin'real, just as usual! The shot of her silouetted on the spiral suitcase - amazing. And if I were her, I'd ask for the one sitting on the exotic escort (or whatever) newstand blown up on a gallery wrap. That is toooooo cute! Too many favorites to name. AWESOME work!!!!

Bumatay said...

Fan

freakin

tastic

images!

Leah said...

oh my goodness I'm so jealous! I want to go! Love the lounge sign, the girl going up the staircase with the composition having the stairs to the right and the one of the homeless man is my favorite, so telling such feeling.

lana said...

The shot of her in the checkered booth and the exotic dancer. Flippin fantastic!!

Eddie Bojorquez (Studio 512) said...

I'm way to sleepy to leave a decent comment - but these do rock! The construction cone shot probably made me have the biggest reaction. Very cool, dude.
-Eddie

Ricki Ford said...

David this post rocks I will find myself coming back over and over great shots man.

AHS Photography said...

freakin radness!!-Aaron

Jeanette Sanchez said...

O-crap...these images are ridiculously cool. Mad skillz are right, and the orange cone is my favorite!

linda said...

Ohana these are all so creative!! Love the last shot with the shadowed red wall and really love the spiral staircase ones and the waiting at the light shot! Great stuff!

Nick & Rachel said...

Rockin' it!! LOVE the first image of the brunette bride on the spiral staircase!

-Rachel

micah said...

DUDE!! THAT PIC OF HER IN THE BOOTH WITH THAT ELECTRIC CHAIR LOOKIN THING ABOVE HER HEAD IS CRAZY BAD A$$!

Ginger Murray said...

GREAT job!
Faves: Spraying the suds, close up with the colored tile, curly stairs shots, and the one with elvis in the police car! haha!!!

Jeret Slack said...

WOW... You shoot so any awesome shoots... Great job David... I love you work you do such an amazing job... I am blown away everytime I see your stuff... Keep it up big D!!!

gabriel ryan said...

feeling a bit late to the party on this one, but i have to reinforce, as comment # 31, that your skills are officially & unofficially [to cover all bases] off-the-chain.

Rachel Brooke said...

THESE SHOTS ARE ON FIRE!

Jasmine said...

i loved the anti-workshop...dude, you're on FIRE! :)

Ruby said...

you so rock.

i'm looking at every image and each one seems to tell a story.
that's when you know it's good :)

Enoch said...

Good thing what was shot in Vegas didn't stay there... these are great. Love 'em...

Nataly Lemus said...

Awesome shots!!!!

Kerri McConnell said...

awesome shots!

my hubby and i are having our own photoshoot with JMC and Dalisa next week in Vegas while on vacation...

I couldn't be more stoked to watch him work!!!

Armin de Fiesta said...

Very interesting and cool shots here! I miss Vegas :) hehe

jennifer said...

wow... wow... you were busy in las vegas! love the neon lights.

Nicole Liebgott Photography said...

Yeah, since I don't have time to leave you a novel size post of how rad you are, I'll leave you with this. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..

Jen said...

Dang these are fabby!! Love that shot of Doug and the one of the bride in the booth with that light looks ethereal and kihda creepy. looks like the electric chair? Either way it's cool! I would love to do a workshop with them,it looks like a creative explosion!

Adrienne said...

looks like such a fun time! i love the 3rd one of the "anti-bride" as well as the close up against the colorful tiles. her eyes are gorgeous!

Nudrat Shams Owens said...

Awesome as usual. I love the stair shots. Monica looks gorgeous!!!!!

Beadale Photography said...

Why did you have to go and make it so hard to choose from??? MAN this are incredible!!!! I'm totally loving the neon shots, of course, the Elvis shots were too funny but seriously these are HOT!!!!!

Araxi said...

These are great!! Dang it I must attend the next one it looks like you guys had a blast. I love love love the 12th shot up from the bottom of the model in the checkered booth with the lamp above her. Just perfect.

Amanda Suanne said...

these are awesome! I love them!

ashley & jeremy parsons said...

ok, so the cigarette comment made me laugh so hard I almost had to have jeremy change my depends because I was laughing so freaking hard....you are so bizarre and hilarious!! Miss you guys. can't wait till june.

Shii said...

These are awesome!
Looks like you had a great time as usual.

Eric Foley said...

looks like you rocked out! I really want to go next year, it's a huge goal of mine! Nice images

Desiree Hayes said...

Super fun shots, looks like a total blast!

Dawn Malone said...

These are all so great. Looks like you all had so much fun.

PicturesByTracy.com said...

These are totally ROCKIN! Thanks for being my daily inspiration!
~T

ashley & jeremy parsons said...

This post was mind blowing - too many incredible images. You continue to amaze me with your skills...bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills, mind blowing camera skills....
Jeremy

rowena said...

You go! Those are hot, hot, hot. Super fitting for Vegas!

Shannon Lott said...

Wow! You guys are smokin! I know you mentioned JMC and Nate's post processing, but you must give yourself some credit:)

Callie Crass said...

Love the pictures! They are amazing! I'm totally stoked to work with Chenin and Doug at the Image X workshop it Oct!

Ryel j Photography said...

The anti workshop... so lucky you went!! I am so dying to go. Love your shots. I am always inspired by your work!!

Jasmine Marie said...

Aww. Thanks for the sweet comment. :) I wish I could have went too. Family came to visit unexpectedly. Looks like you had a great time though!

Hope you see you soon. *hugs!

Jo - Allegro Photography said...

Great work. I especially love the shoe shot.

daryl brewton said...

Awesome images! JMC has been an inspiration of mine for a number of years. I'm going to have the chance to be with him in Atlanta.
Your images are so very good! High fashion to say the least!
Good Job!

Angel said...

Wow! I absolutely love the shots of the girl in the middle of the intersection and sitting on the checkered bench!!! Beautiful!!!! You're amazing!

Amy said...

Wow, I just love looking at all your work, you really capture some AWESOME stuff. This workshop looks like it was a blast!! You rocked it!!

Heather Meyers said...

incredible images and looks like some amazing times! Rock on with the great artistry!